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Breaking: MetroTwit Updates in the Store!

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Here we go Ladies and Gentlemen, the GA is approaching fast and Microsoft delights us all by updating all the Built-In Apps. But right on the heels of Microsoft, serious App Developers are releasing  updates to their apps too. We’ve been seeing a lot of app Updates in the Store and just a minute ago MetroTwit also updates in the Store. I’ll be updating with new features, but just to let you know, see for yourselves. Investigating here.

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Ok here are the updates:

  1. Ad Supported, sometimes the Ad refresh steals the focus from the Tweet box when you’re composing. Also block app features too.
  2. New App Bar featuring more options.
  3. Windows 8 Spelling Check Support
  4. Now you can insert you Map Location in Tweets
  5. You can now add multiple Profiles via the App Bar
  6. MetroTwit now supports Lists!
  7. Trend Search is back
  8. New Read Indicator overlay on Tweets
  9. Now with improved Settings from which you can  remove Ads with Activation after purchase
  10. Now with a built-in Web Browser
  11. MetroTwit now supports Notification Toast!
  12. In-tweet Photo display now available

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So here we are. MetroTwit has finally grown up, and the best thing is if you’ve already purchased the Desktop Version, now you can use this Software Ad Free!
Letop, you may not see this Update yet, so please be patient till it propagates down to you.

P.S. You may want to check back as I’ll add new features I discover to this post later today.

Source: Windows Store

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Tweaker App, your Tweets Announcer is in the Store

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How about this for a concept: You are in the office, and for once in your life, you are forced to really work instead of surfing the net the whole day. Now you don’t have time to read you favorite tweets, now you have to listen to those boring office radio broadcasts while working on that monstrous worksheet. Why not bridge the gap and bring your tweets to your ears. Yes, have your favorite tweets read to you by a sexy computer voice: “Captain we’ve got a tweet inbound! You just won a million dollars!” Yeah, some in that trend, you get the joke.

That is all what the Tweaker app is all about. Have your tweets read aloud as they come in, now you can just plugin your earphones, drown-out the office noise and hear what is going on on the Internetz while busy. This is a awesome concept, worthy of all geeks award. What’s more, this paid app allows you to try it out first and convince yourself before buying it at $1.99 which is a steal for what the app does. Here is Software Developer’s description of the app directly from the store:

Tweaker speaks tweets to you and displays them on animated tiles along with images from Twitter.

There are six categories of tweets available and the option for a custom category.

Voice settings, About, Privacy policy available via Settings Charm, DLNA Audio sharing via Devices Charm

Tweaker speaks tweets to you and displays them on animated tiles along with images from Twitter.

Description
Tweaker the Tweet Speaker allows you to passively listen to and watch tweet and photo activity from Twitter. While the “Tweaker” speaks Twitter activity it displays text and image content on lively animated tiles. Tweaker speaks Twitter activity from around the world right to your ears. Trial version is fully functional with reminders to purchase intermingled among the tweets.

Features
6 Categories of Twitter Activity plus available custom category
Stream Audio to any DLNA device on your network with the PlayTo Contract
9 different Voice Accent Settings available
Support for Landscape, Portrait, Fill, and Snapped Views

So your workdays don’t have to be boring anymore, go download it before Twitter.inc decides the app should be banned for its awesomeness. Hit the following link: http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/app/330612cd-83b0-4b8b-9cd5-6e196dfc980d

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Aurora Police responded to the Century 16 movie theatre early Friday morning, July 20, 2012.  Fourteen persons were killed when a lone shooter opened fire inside the theatre during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.  Karl Gehring/The Denver Post

“The Darkest Night”- Aurora, Colorado Shooting

Aurora’s Century 16 Theatre where the midnight shooting took place.

We see many things happen on a daily basis that tries to wreak havoc on our nation or even a local theatre whether it be a domestic attack on national security, a terrorist attack or even a local theatre shooting. We’ve decided to cover this story to show the social media aspect and how quickly the word spread through news. Twitter has been the main stream of news from the site of this tragedy with hundreds of tweets from people in the Aurora area. Continue reading

Twitter Digest

Former Summify Team Announces Twitter Email Digest Rollout for June 22

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 The folks over at Summify have been a little busy since they were snapped up by Twitter in January. According to an email sent out to Summify subscribers, the company is being shutdown in order to focus on Twitter, namely the coming weekly email digests. But dispare not Summify users. You have until June 22 to use your accounts to your hearts content until the service shuts down. Then you will automatically start receiving the email digests just for being a Summify user.

Want to know more about the future of Summify? Check out the email sent out to Summify subscribers in its entirety:

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About four months ago Summify was acquired by Twitter and our team joined the flock. It was a very exciting moment for us and since then we’ve been working on ways to make it easier for you to discover what matters to you on Twitter. For example, last week we announced a Twitter email digest delivered to your inbox.

We are going to focus our efforts on making Twitter even more engaging and useful for you. While we can’t get into details on what’s to come, we can say that we’re excited and we think you will be too.

What now?

Since we’ll be focusing our efforts on projects at Twitter, we have decided to shut down Summify onJune 22nd, 2012. On that date, you will no longer be able to access your digests or profile information, all of which will be deleted.

What’s next?

If you have a Twitter account connected to Summify and you are subscribed to the email summary, you don’t need to do anything. Everyone with a Twitter account who is subscribed to the Summify digest will begin to receive the new Twitter email digest by June 22nd, 2012.

Currently, the Twitter digest is sent to users on a weekly basis. To allow for a smooth transition for you and other Summify users with a Twitter account, we will be sending the Twitter digest to Summify users on a daily basis.

What if I don’t have a Twitter account?

The Twitter digest doesn’t support stories from Facebook or Google Reader. The best way to continue receiving our new digests of Tweets and stories is to sign up for Twitter.

Thanks for all your enthusiasm and support for Summify. We’re excited to continue building an even more compelling Twitter experience for you!

Sincerely,
The Summify Team

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Twitter To Deliver Weekly Emails With “The Most Interesting News”

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Twitter has been making some big changes as of late. Back in January, the micro-blogging site had announced that it’s now available to be used in 21 languages thanks to the help of over 400,000 volunteers in its Translation Center.

Now in an email that was sent out on Sunday, Twitter users were informed that they will soon start receiving weekly emails that will be containing the “best of Twitter” in digest form. This includes the most relevant tweets and stories you are more likely to read and top tweets as seen by people you follow.

The digest email will be rolled out over the coming weeks. You can control how your digest looks by heading to the Notifications Settings in your Twitter account.

UPDATE:An email announcing the shut down of Summify (now owned by Twitter) announced that the former Summify team was behind the email digest project. Here is the email in full:

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About four months ago Summify was acquired by Twitter and our team joined the flock. It was a very exciting moment for us and since then we’ve been working on ways to make it easier for you to discover what matters to you on Twitter. For example, last week we announced a Twitter email digest delivered to your inbox.

Twitter digest

We are going to focus our efforts on making Twitter even more engaging and useful for you. While we can’t get into details on what’s to come, we can say that we’re excited and we think you will be too.


What now?

Since we’ll be focusing our efforts on projects at Twitter, we have decided to shut down Summify onJune 22nd, 2012. On that date, you will no longer be able to access your digests or profile information, all of which will be deleted.

What’s next?

If you have a Twitter account connected to Summify and you are subscribed to the email summary, you don’t need to do anything. Everyone with a Twitter account who is subscribed to the Summify digest will begin to receive the new Twitter email digest by June 22nd, 2012.

Currently, the Twitter digest is sent to users on a weekly basis. To allow for a smooth transition for you and other Summify users with a Twitter account, we will be sending the Twitter digest to Summify users on a daily basis.

What if I don’t have a Twitter account?

The Twitter digest doesn’t support stories from Facebook or Google Reader. The best way to continue receiving our new digests of Tweets and stories is to sign up for Twitter.

Thanks for all your enthusiasm and support for Summify. We’re excited to continue building an even more compelling Twitter experience for you!

Sincerely,
The Summify Team

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A post is coming soon about the updated info.


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Windows 8 New App Alert: FlipToast for Twitter/Facebook debuts in store – #Win8

A new Social App FlipToast debuts in the store today.

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It is the first social Metro App for Twitter and Facebook in the store in this category. I am sure we will see a deluge of this type of Applications later in this category, but for now the category is the most missed category in Windows 8 Store. So anything will do as for now.

FlipToast is a rarity in that carries a baggage of Games Ads in house. I can’t still make up my mind whether this is a genuine Social App, or just a gimmick for an Ad company to sell their wares. I am still learning what this app have in store, but for now I can only see my Twitter Mention column, News Feeds, Twitter Inbox and I can post new tweets. I haven’t linked it to my Facebook account yet. You notice immediately this app is still a work-in-progress as there are flaky things noticeable. For example, columns, Icons and images failing to refresh properly.

Linking and login to Twitter was a breeze. Clicking the Plus sign at the top-right corner

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opens the Accounts selection source for Twitter or Facebook:

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The App opens a web Twitter API component to receive Twitter login credentials, after which you’re returned to the app with a token, and login is completed and you are presented with your Mentions, Timeline, Tweets Photos and then the Games&APPs Adverts as columns:

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You can pan the application horizontally with touch or mouse. It must be said that this App unlike most third-party apps in the store at the moment supports mouse horizontal scrolling. Scrolling is generally smooth, I am yet to find any complaints. If you’ve linked to both Twitter and Facebook, you can click on the “News Feed” to filter which feeds are shown in the news feed column. Note the “App Preview” warning at the top that informs you that this app is still a work in progress.

For example, URLs in tweets are not clickable yet, if you click on the tweet’s name, it takes you out to IE10 Metro to view user’s posts.

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Also there is no clear way to select a tweet for retweet/reply etc with just the touch. With a mouse you just right-click the tweet and it is selected, and the app bar comes up with which you can perform the standard actions on a tweet. If you are using touch only, just touch and hold for a few seconds to activate right-click and perform your standard actions. At the moment there is no way to view you Lists etc, this may come in future updates I am sure.

Well this is my intro to the first Twitter/Facebook App in the store. It is rather a simple app for now. It makes much use of IE for secondary view. Hopefully the competition will break loose shortly so that we may see Killer social Apps. As for me I am waiting for Metrofied MetroTwit app. I have seen the future, the future is Metro.

Letop: The Apps I mention in my blog posts are not yet visible in the Store. You need to open the Store and bring up the Charm and do a search to find this applications.

Thanks for your attention.

-@McAkins.

VS2012 Express Desktop App

Twitter Becomes a Scholarly Source, Announces MLA Citation Format

MLA now considers Twitter to be a scholarly source, adding citation information.

Twitter has been one of the defining revolutions of the Internet age since its launch six years ago, in March 2006. Not only are individuals and corporations alike taking advantage of its services, but it seems that scholars are as well, as highlighted by the Modern Language Association’s announcement of an official MLA citation guide for Tweets last Friday. Continue reading

Mountain-Lion

Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion; You Can Download it Now!

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Apple announced its upcoming Mac OSX operating system, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. It is the successor to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. It adds more features inspired by the iOS platform, like Game Center, and heavy iCloud integration. You can download the developer preview if you are in Apple’s dev program, which costs $99/year. Continue reading
Social Media

Is Social Media Good or Bad for Society? We Look at the Details

No benefit comes without drawback; no decision comes without its own opportunity costs, and no good came arrive without its evil counterpart. Nothing in this world can be claimed to be perfectly good or perfectly evil, unless, of course, such thing is of divine matter. So it follows that it is better to ask a question that compares the net benefit and drawback rather than asking if something is good or evil. With this in mind, we can now discuss the net benefit and negative impact of the advent of social media to help us conclude whether or not it beneficial overall.

Social Media and Its Impact

Social media is a relatively new phenomenon that has, in many ways, changed the world. Social media is a service that allows groups of people to interact remotely through text, photo, audio, and video communications. Most social media, like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google+ are large publishing services that are on the internet (though private, intranet based, social media can also exist). This technology, a technology only a few years old, has proven to cause one of the greatest changes in the world in a short period of time. It made remote, long distance, communication as easy as face-to-face communication. It allowed people to easily share things of interests, like photos, with selected friends or the entire world instantly, regardless of place and time. Furthermore, it helped shape awareness, spread ideas, instantly broadcasted news, and cause revolutions. Essentially, social media drastically changed the way we communicate. And now, we begin to question the positive and negative impacts on our personal and professional life, self-development, and on the world as a whole that revolve around such change.

Eliminating Distance and Time in Communication

Any revolution can be traced back to an individual. The individual feel the need or want for a change. Social media brings upon this need or want to the individual. It all starts with the advantages that social media brings by helping us overcome the limitations we have with how we communicate. It solves both the issue of time and distance. With social media, we no longer need to wait for another person to be free before communicating. We can leave a quick message or note and the other person can get back to it in his/her own time. This is not the case with telephones and definitely not for face-to-face talk. Of course, letters solve the problem of matching free time to converse, but it brings upon the problem of distance. Long distance means letters are infrequent, costly, and are slow. Social media solves the issue of both time and distance. It brings the ability for one to instantly share an idea, media, or an object of interest to another person or a mass group of people.

Being able to interact, communicate, and share in mass is another great advantages brought forth by social media. Until recently, the number of people we could communicate with was very limited. The innovation in telecommunication was a huge step forward, but it, too was limited. Telephones were used for person-to-person communication and televisions, while designed with mass communication in mind, allowed only for one way communication with little interaction. Social media finally bridges this gap, covering great limitations humanity suffered in communication. However, this mass communication isn’t only fulfilling personal interactions, but professional ones as well.

Social Media fro Business and Marketting

Business love social media like twitter, and with good reason. Social media has become a way to business to announce press releases, share things, and easily interact directly with their customers. The ability for customers to easily comment their feedback, criticisms, loyalty has become a great asset for business. Many business are now using Twitter for customer support, which allows for quick assistance for customers with small wait times. In the professional world, social media has become a lifesaving tool in project collaboration and teamwork. Social media has greatly increased our communication capability and the number of ways to communicate. This, however, leads to the problem that is one of the greatest criticisms of social media.

How Many Fruits to Compare?

When we have only mangos and apples to choose from, in a perfect world, half of the people will choose mangoes. However, if we now have apples, oranges, mangos, and cake, in a perfect world only one quarter of the people will choose mangoes. The number gets smaller the more options we include. As such, when humanity had only bodily gestures and voice for communication, almost 100 percent of the people used face-to-face communication. With the invention of writing, the options increased, and no longer did 100 percent of the popular used one method of communication all the time. Today, the options for communication are many, from television, to video chat, to text messages, to photo sharing, to podcasts, and the list goes on. With more ways to communicate, people are spending less and less time to communicate with one particular method.

This causes for some problems to arise. I believe one of the biggest criticisms to social media is the significantly reduced amount of dedicated face-to-face communication. This can be a problem, as this form of communication is important for our life and career. It also plays an important part of developing relationships and bonding with people that matter. A common complaint of social media I hear is “I can’t believe he had to check his twitter app every two minutes while we were at our date last night!” The fact that people seem to put less priority in face-to-face communication brings about some concerns of how this might affect humanity in the long run.

Other concerns include privacy and identity theft. However, this is, I believe, a less of a concern.  I say this because many very useful and essential tools can be dangerous. Cars are death machines! Accidents can and have killed people. Knife, while handy, is not a child’s toy. Social media is also a tool, and as with other tools, it comes with a risk. But like any risk, it can be minimized by being careful. One should take the responsibility to find out what privacy they have, if any. Also, a general rule of thumb when sharing online is “nothing is private”. If we keep this, simple, thought in mind, we don’t have to worry much about our posts being public.

I like to say that the one and only cause of death is birth; that is, those of who aren’t born will never die. That is not to say that life is not sweet, quite the contrary actually. The presence of a negative impact or effect doesn’t make a tool negative or evil if the good it brings far outweighs the bad. Social media is a great example of this. On the contrary, alcohol, although has some health benefits, is bad for heath. Social media is not alcohol; it is as sweet as cake, and that, my friend, is definitely not a lie!

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Twitter / Error (Twitter is Down)

During the NFC Playoffs late Sunday Night in Overtime Twitter was giving the entire world the “whale” and for some the “robot”. I was getting on Twitter to post a message about or #TTGS (Our Techtronica Admin reference) when I came across the error message. Everyone that I personally knew was getting the whale or robot so to answer many questions I have been receiving and answering, “Yes Twitter is (as of 10:38) still giving many people error messages and trouble. So with this just being the NFC Playoff game, will Twitter be able to survive the SuperBowl or will work be done before the SuperBowl to better prepare for the crowds? Comment and let us know what you think below!

[UPDATE]: http://grab.by/bE78 Twitter is now “Down for Maintenance”  (10:42PM Sunday Night)

[UPDATE]: Twitter is now up for many US users (12:10AM Monday Morning)

Social Media Update! [YouTube]

One of the great things about being a part of a growing website like Techtronica are the small steps we’ve taken to “crawl before we walk”. One of the things we have seen in our future and we feel we have the team to now come out with weekly videos is our very own YouTube page. YouTube will enable us to have a third-party output of our posts and other stories coming from Techtronica. Remember, this is a growing side of Techtronica and we plan to post our videos from the past on our channel also to give our viewers like yourself a look back at some things we have done. We’re planning on having a weekly “rundown” of all the major topics we talk about each week here and plan to evolve from that starting point into something very innovative. Be looking out for new videos from Austin Allen, Joe Landor, myself and the entire Techtronica crew as we start our YouTube page. Also keep in mind that we have a number of social media outputs available to everyone!

You can find us on YouTube by clicking; HERE

You can find us on Facebook by clicking; HERE

You can find us on Twitter by clicking; HERE

 

Twitter [Technical difficulties]

9:38PM 7/11/11- As of now, the social media site Twitter is down. Problems are yet to be determined but we will keep you posted.

 

9:46Pm 7/11/11- Twitter is now back up to users

 

On Monday (7/11), Twitter announced that they had passed over 1 million third party views. About 5 hours later users were prompted with a message saying that there was an error within the site. After about 8-14 minutes of downtime the site was once again back open. Twitter has yet to comment on the error but we will keep you posted throughout the night.

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When/Why Did You Join Twitter? [Question]

While we already covered the question in the form of an online tool, it’s an interesting question to ask the users of one of the largest social networks in existence. Many people have different stories and reasons for joining Twitter. Some to catch up on news and others to create and spread news. So the question remains. When did you join Twitter? And if you can, please share with us why you chose to do so. Looking forward to your responses!

Nike Kicks With Some Internet Flare

Ever wanted to have any type of clothing with you favorite Inter net service on it? Well it’s here and it’s for your feet. Brass Monki has been known to specially design and customize shoes, but this time around they’re looking to hit those web heads with a fashion sense. He created Twitter, Firefox, and Google designs to grace the skins of Nike Dunks everywhere.

These Nikes have yet to appear in the Brass Monki web store, but don’t fret. They’ll be available soon.

Source: The Next Web